The next wave of charter school idiocy coming from ALEC

Opening the floodgates of taxpayer dollars:

(H) Transportation Funding
391 (1) The state department of education shall disburse state transportation funding to an
392 authorizer for each of its public charter school students on the same basis and in the same
393 manner as it is paid to school districts. An authorizer shall disburse state transportation
394 funding to a public charter school in proportion to the amount generated by the school’s
395 students.

396 (2) A public charter school may enter into a contract with a school district or private provider
397 to provide transportation to the school’s students.

Bolding mine. There's nothing in the language of this (or any other) cookie cutter model legislation requiring charters to actually provide transportation in lieu of said transportation funding, and North Carolina currently doesn't require charters to provide transportation for students:

Heath E. Morrison, the superintendent of the 142,000-student Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, is among those who are wary about the sudden influx of charters in North Carolina. He said he supported lifting the 100-school cap, but does not support other changes to the charter school laws, such as only requiring half of the teaching staff to be certified and freeing charter schools from providing transportation or meal services.

Bill Anderson, the executive director for MeckEd, a nonprofit nonpartisan education advocacy group in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, said the changes in the charter school laws are especially detrimental for disadvantaged students.

"Poor kids, kids who need transportation or food services, they're not going to be enrolling in these lotteries," he said. "It's become a racial and economic divide."

Eddie Goodall, the executive director of the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association, said that not providing transportation to charter schools isn't an attempt to shut out low-income students, but rather reflects the financial limitations of charter schools.


I usually get rid of those

line numbers that come when you copy-n-paste stuff from pdf's, but I wanted readers to get an idea of how wordy this legislation is. Which means "costly" to tax payers and our public school system.

Racial and economic divide...

Isn't that the point of the exercise???


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Yes, no matter how much

proponents of charters/private schools claim otherwise.

Step-by-step progression

toward total privatization of education (not to mention numerous other public functions). That's what ALEC wants. Because then everything has a profit motive.

And the Tillisberger is happy to be ALEC's puppet.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

The committees at NCGA have

The committees at NCGA have been after DPI to cut the number of buses they purchase, and limit the number of spare parts they keep for maintenance. Because in some counties teacher assistants double as bus drivers, when they cut one, they can lose the other as well. Perhaps as they shut public schools they will turn the buses over to charters. But for profit charters may not want to put money into bus maintenance, parking facilities and drivers. It's easier for them to force parents to drive kids to schools. Maybe the yellow school bus is doomed to extinction like the dinosaurs.

I hope not

I know they're not the most efficient vehicles on the road, but they still save a huge amount of gas, emissions, and road wear. Not to mention that a lot of parents don't have the luxury of shuttling their kids to and from. And there's the social interaction thing, which some parents have (unfortunately) come to view as a negative, when in fact it's a pretty important psychological factor.